University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Hiring Practices and Intentions of Directors of Nursing Programs Related to DNP and PhD-prepared Faculty

Principal Investigator: Mary Lynn, Ph.D.

This grantee team will study the hiring practices and intentions of deans and directors of nursing programs with regard to DNP- versus PhD-prepared nurses. The researchers will survey deans or directors of half the nation’s nursing schools and programs in order to yield responses to questions addressing hiring intentions, perspectives on the distinctive and common capacities of DNP- and PhD-prepared faculty members to fulfill key roles in nursing education, and the mechanisms that schools employ to integrate DNP- as well as PhD-prepared faculty members in the program. Development of the survey questionnaire will be informed by interviews with 40 systematically selected deans and directors. Findings will be disseminated broadly at key national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.